ROSS WADE INTRO BLOG POST

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Ross Wade, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Greetings Duke community,

I’m Ross Wade, a new assistant director at the Career Center; my portfolio area is media, arts and entertainment, and I’m so excited to join such an excellent team of career professionals!

I’m a Bull City native, and I love all things Durham!  Prior to becoming a career counselor I lived in Chicago, New York City, and Raleigh where I worked in a variety of media industries including documentary, television, digital media, and strategic communications. You may have seen me on Law and Order…okay, probably not…I was just a production assistant asked to step in as “atmosphere” (an extra) for a single episode (I played a hobo)…but I rocked it!

For more information about my professional background, check me out on LinkedIn. When I’m not working with students, I enjoy documenting Durham via Instagram and writing/blogging on career development issues for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) blog and for my personal blog. Did I mention I’m a social media geek?

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I thought I’d share with all of you some of my favorite art/media/nerd-out!/career-related resources (blogs, videos, etc.), so y’all can get a better idea of my career counseling philosophy and point of view  - maybe some of you will enjoy and/or find meaning in these resources as well.

#1 – Ira Glass on storytelling. This is a short, two-minute, video of Ira Glass discussing the process of beginning a creative career (or anything creative). It is inspiring and reminds us that it takes time and persistence to grow a skill. Check out the video here.

#2 – Brain Pickings Blog. This is my favorite blog. If you are unfamiliar with this blog and Maria Popova you are in for a treat! Popova describes her blog as “a cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich your mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful.” Check it out here.

#3 – Everything is a Remix. Kirby Ferguson’s website is fantastic with a video series on how life and innovation is nothing but a series of remixes. The remix formula? Copy + transform + combine. I love this idea because it reflects the importance of a liberal arts education and learning through experience (like internships!). Learn (college), then practice (experiential learning), then create and innovate (make your mark on the world!). Check out Ferguson’s website here.

#4 – 99U. Based on Thomas Edison’s quote, “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” 99U posts content to provide the “missing curriculum” to make ideas happen. Interested in career issues, innovation, achievement, and dealing with failure, along with a gazillion other interesting topics? Check out this killer website.

As you can probably tell, I’m big on interdisciplinary learning - just like Duke University (e.g. Duke STEAM Challenge, Bass Connections).

My favorite career advice? I read it on Brain Pickings; Hunter S. Thompson’s thoughts on purpose and living a meaningful life “…look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life.”

I’m looking forward to seeing you at various Duke arts/media/entertainment activities, AND at the Career Center. To schedule an appointment with me, or any of the other career counselors, call the Career Center front desk at 919-660-1050.

Tags: careercenter,arts,entertainment,careeradvisor,duke,durham,media,sports,international,

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